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Circle of Deceit (1981)

Die Fälschung (original title)
Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

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Hoffmann
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Rudnik
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Greta Laschen
Peter Martin Urtel ...
Berger (as Martin Urtel)
John Munro ...
John
Fouad Naim ...
Excellence Joseph
Josette Khalil ...
Madame Joseph
Ghassan Mattar ...
Ahmed
Sarah Salem ...
Sister Brigitte
Rafic Najem ...
Taxi
Magnia Fakhoury ...
Aicha
Jack Diagilaitas ...
Swedish Journalist
Roger Assaf ...
Phalangist Officer
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Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he meets some important people and discovers the everyday face of the war. He also has to figure out about his home life, where his marriage is in a big crisis. Written by Benjamin Stello

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28 October 1981 (France)  »

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Circle of Deceit  »

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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Deadline (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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covering war
31 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Volker Schlöndorff became one of the doyens of New German Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, along with Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Schlöndorff's work included "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum", "The Tin Drum" and "Die Fälschung" ("Circle of Deceit" in English). This one casts Bruno Ganz as a journalist sent to Lebanon to report on the civil war there. The movie never takes sides in the war, instead focusing on the journalist's realization that it's hard to be neutral in a situation where all sides are shooting at each other. Even more impressive is that they filmed on location in war-torn Beirut. Apparently they filmed in "safe" sections of the city but could see evidence of the fighting. Beirut, once known as the Paris of the Middle East, became a proxy war between Israel and its Maronite allies, and Syria and its Shiite allies, and other factions. As bad as things were when they filmed "Circle of Deceit", Lebanon had yet to see the Sabra and Shatila massacres (when Phalangists massacred Palestinian refugees).

Anyway, it's a really good, really intense movie. The ethical questions surrounding reporting on war are probably some of the most important, and the movie does a fine job looking at them. I recommend it.


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